A Tudor Turk (The Chronicles of Will Ryde and Awa Maryam Al-Jameel)

Written by Rehan Khan
Review by Mike Ashworth

Istanbul, 1591. Sultan Murad III has been robbed. The Staff of Moses, a priceless symbol of wealth and power, has been stolen from his private collection. Awa, daughter of a noble family and survivor of the massacre of her people, has become a deadly master of the scimitar. Will, kidnapped from his home in London at age five, has now grown into a seasoned warrior. Together, although still slaves, they are part of an elite unit of warriors assembled to retrieve the relic – no matter where it is – and failure is not an option. Their quest takes them from Ottoman Istanbul to Venice and the court of Elizabeth 1.

This is the first part of the Chronicles of Will Ryde and Awa Maryam Al-Jameela trilogy. The novel is fast-paced with strong characterization and plot. The action sequences are exciting and realistic without being gratuitous. The culture and times are brought vividly alive in an easy to read, informative way This will appeal to young adults of all ages. The book ends on a high note, leading on to the next instalment, and I for one can hardly wait. Recommended.